Last week the President announced the award of $20 million bonuses to 35 states that have been able to substantially increase the number of children adopted from the public foster care system. The bonuses are part of a number of incentives that have been offered in conjunction with the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act. Other incentives included health insurance coverage for special-needs children. A panel of experts will be here to discuss the effectiveness of the administration’s strategy and how the needs of children in the foster care system can be better met.


  • Olivia Golden Executive director of CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy; former assistant secretary for children and families, Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration; author of "Reforming Child Welfare."
  • Ann Sullivan Child Welfare League of America
  • Gloria Hoffman National Adoption Center
  • Jess McDonald Director, Illinois Department of Children and Families


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